Where does your trash go?

Do you smell that?

Have you ever wondered where your trash goes?  Or is it a “trash & forget” scenario for you? Earth911 posted an excellent editorial piece last week about a staff writer’s recent trip to a landfill.  It’s interesting and important to see where our trash goes on a daily basis.  It doesn’t

just disappear.  Each year, Americans trash over 12 million pounds of clothing and shoes.  Sure, this is a big country, but it’s unsustainable; we can’t possibly keep filling holes in the ground with our trash, nor can we simply burn it.  The greenhouse gases created from the burning would foster an entirely new problem indeed.

So next time you toss your old clothes or take your garbage bin to the curb, think about where it’s going.  It’s not just disappearing into thin air.  Maybe take your family, friends or students (if you’re a teacher) to your local landfill.  Show them where trash is going and why it’s important to reduce the amount of garbage each year.  Reduce, reuse and recycle. Let’s use it again.

Stay tuned for more from USAgain!

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